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ABOUT YARD

The Yard's first clients in 2015 were a group of 4 pals that would train at 8AM 3 days/week for $25/head. One morning, mid training session, one of the individuals jumped a top a plyo box, tore his shirt off and pronounced the space "The Bone Yard" due to the number of dumbbells scattered about the floor - hence the name of our signature Small Group Training offering. Ilan Cumberbirch and Sam Shaw would continue to operate the small business out of a shared space, eventually offering one Group Training session per week which was organized via a series of group texts. Individuals would receive the massive group texts and would reserve their spot on a first come, first serve basis. The days were long, the clients were sparse, but the bars were heavy, the music was loud, and the laughs were plentiful!
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OUR FACILITY

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    OUR COMMUNITY AND EVENTS

    YARDWORKS

    YARDWORKS is an annual event that Yard Athletics has hosted in collaboration with lululemon and other community sponsors, in support of KidSport BC. With 100% of proceeds donated, YARDWORKS has contributed over $40,000 dollars to KidSportBC, whose mission is to remove the financial barriers that prevent some children from playing organized sport! The event itself is a combination of Sports Day meets Crossfit Games, meets The NFL Combine. Nearly 200 competitors across 2 divisions compete in a battery of team events consisting of tire flips, sled pushes, sandbag carries, shuttle runs, yolk carries and agility drills. We look forward to continuing with YARDWORKS and other philanthropic events in support of our local community for years to come!
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      TS51 NHL PRO CAMP

      The TS51 NHL Pro Camp was put on in affiliation with Vancouver Hockey Schools, lululemon and NHL player Troy Stecher in support of his late father Peter Stecher who passed away suddenly on June 21, 2020, from complications with diabetes. The camp brings together the top local NHL talent for 4 days of on and off-ice training in preparation for the upcoming NHL Season. Yard Athletics was responsible for all off-ice training, led by Ilan Cumberbirch. 2023 raised a total of $19,000 in support of Diabetes Canada.
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        Yard Athletics News Mentions

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        Check Out What People Are Saying About YARD

        Latest Google reviews
        Brandon Chao
        Brandon Chao
        2024-03-14
        The company I work for has company exercise activities twice a month and we have gone to Yard Athletics twice so far. It's been nothing but a great experience both times. We had Jaime and Michael train each of the sessions and they're great coaches/trainers! Excellent music choice as well to keep you pumped and excited!
        Kuzey
        Kuzey
        2024-03-10
        Really nice gym, very clean and super friendly staff
        Kathryn Ryan
        Kathryn Ryan
        2024-03-05
        Best Gym in Vancouver
        Shannon McNulty
        Shannon McNulty
        2024-02-29
        Matt Flanagan is one of the best! Knowledgeable and committed to his clients' success. I feel grateful for having met him and the team at Yard Athletics. I would recommend Matt to anyone who's an experienced athlete or looking to boost their fitness after years of being sedentary. Don't think twice about joining a group class or treating yourself to personal training. You won't regret it!
        Natasha Calis
        Natasha Calis
        2024-02-28
        Yard is my favourite gym in the city. I've been training here for over a year and it is truly unmatched. All the coaches make you feel so welcomed and at home as soon as you step foot in the gym - an amazing community to be a part of. Top of the line facility and people, I truly can't recommend it enough. Matt is my coach and he is incredible. I go into every PT session with him confident I'm going to get a great workout tailored to my goals and have fun while doing it. He's super attentive, knowledgeable and just a great guy all around. My muscles have never been more sore after a session with him (in the best way possible) !! Thanks Ilan for creating such a positive and impactful community at Yard!
        Nico M
        Nico M
        2024-02-28
        I highly recommend Matt as a personal trainer! His expertise not only helped me achieve strength goals but also ensured I avoided re-injury to my back. I appreciate his calm and approachable demeanor, coupled with the ability to push me when needed. Really satisfied with the progress and results!
        Jon Hembrey
        Jon Hembrey
        2024-02-09
        Great gym. Great equipment. Great staff. Would highly recommend!
        Carlos Grouchy
        Carlos Grouchy
        2024-02-06
        Great space, great people and an even better workout! The group sessions are so much fun and perfectly challenging. I did a morning class before work with the team and the workout with great music has me extremely energized. Every trainer at the yard is extremely knowledgeable and so supportive! You have to try this place out!
        Eric Sunstrum
        Eric Sunstrum
        2024-02-06
        Unreal atmosphere !!
        Eli Shapera
        Eli Shapera
        2024-02-06
        Great people and atmosphere!

        Yard’s history

        Yard Athletics was founded in 2015 by Ilan Cumberbirch, however, the journey began years prior when a young boy would watch his father train; chalk floating through the dimly lit basement, the damp, musky air palpable, the ring of iron plates clanging, 90's Jock Jams pounding through the Walkman stereo.

        Fast forward a decade, a 14 year old Ilan would find himself pursuing a hockey career where the off-season training regime turned into a full time job. After a summer of 2 hour training sessions, followed by on-ice work, 5 days/week; Ilan witnessed first hand the positive impact a consistent, periodized training program can have on an individual's physical acumen, as well as their own self confidence and mental well being. Ilan grew to relish his off-seasons as he thrived in the weight room, arguably applying too much time and effort there, and not enough towards his on-ice skill set!

        Fast forward another decade, Ilan finds himself on the tail end of his hockey career. A Bachelor's of Kinesiology degree from UBC, NSCA CSCS certification, and a year of professional hockey overseas under his belt; he pursues his aspirations of one day opening his own world-class Strength & Conditioning facility and joins Factory Hockey Player Development. At the time, Factory Hockey, was the marquis, one-stop shop for local NHL talent seeking on and off-ice offseason work. This provided a unique opportunity to work with dozens of world-class athletes. Eventually, Ilan would branch off and establish Yard Athletics. The Yard's first clients in 2015 were a group of 4 pals that would train at 8AM 3 days/week for $25/head.

        One morning, mid training session, one of the individuals jumped a top a plyo box, tore his shirt off and pronounced the space "The Bone Yard" due to the number of dumbbells scattered about the floor - hence the name of our signature Small Group Training offering. Ilan Cumberbirch and Sam Shaw would continue to operate the small business out of a shared space, eventually offering one Group Training session per week which was organized via a series of group texts. Individuals would receive the massive group texts and would reserve their spot on a first come, first serve basis. The days were long, the clients were sparse, but the bars were heavy, the music was loud, and the laughs were plentiful!